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July 25, 2009

Social Networks…..Bringing People Together

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 1:13 am
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Not so long ago, there were chatting facilities like AOL, MSN, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, etc. to connect and keep in touch with friends. They still exist and continue to be used but the world seems to have been taken over by social networks that keep growing, being developed or expanding.

Facebook is probably the fastest growing of them all. It is used worldwide for people to keep in touch with each other, or just watch each other with comments about what people are thinking, doing, whatever. I resisted using many of the social networks before, because of the bombardment of spam, junk and viral messages. This doesn’t seem to be happening anymore and is for the most part, safe. In fact, Facebook advertises “Facebook aspires to be an environment where people can interact safely with their friends and the people around them. We have implemented many safety and privacy controls on Facebook as part of our goal to enable people to share their information with only the people they want to see it. And we are constantly improving our systems for identifying and removing inappropriate content and people from the site.”

Boquete Ning is a local network set up to bring people in contact with common interests….ie. Boquete or Panama. I have to say that it is the reason I am in Boquete now. I joined the network to read about the local community and the interests therein. I believe someone set up a group on “horses” where I met many new friends. How I ended up moving to Boquete is a bit convoluded, but it was because one of my new friends invited me to stay for a few days, and I’ve been here ever since !

Plaxo is one of the newer social networks I’ve joined. I think I joined because there were more of my professional contacts on the site who invited me. LinkedIn is also a professional site through which I attached membership. True enough, one of my previous employers found me on Plaxo. It is when you think you’ve lost all contact with the past…it just isn’t so. You can be found, if you want to be found.

A couple of other sites I subscribed to, I have abandoned or discontinued because they have proven to be more aggravating and infuriating than fun. Tagged was such. It became more of a “dating”-type site, and it became most annoying with it’s automated bulk mail (junk or spam). There are also many real and sometimes difficult to detect: “scammers”. It’s one of those sites to be careful with.

Social networks have changed our culture and environment. People meet new people online – whether or not the intentions are honorable, is another question. The point is, the internet has become a major part of our everyday lives. Caution: Be prudent in judgement and use absolute discretion.

If you don’t think the internet and social networks have changed our culture, just think: Do you know any teenager who isn’t on Facebook?

February 10, 2009

Google Search Engine Optimization Video

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 3:50 pm
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In search of the techniques for search engine optimization, I found the first of many videos.

My History of Technology

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 3:44 pm
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Ok everyone – I am acknowledging that I am not very up to date. I thought I was but wow, it is too hard to keep up. I have a 30 year history that involves technology…be it a slow and consistent progression.

I was convinced by my new boyfriend (who is 60 yrs old) to buy a Mac. He has been in the technology business for the last 20 years, designing – installing – doing – teaching. I have been in the financial business for many years however I always thought I was a techno geek.

My 2nd husband/boyfriend (we will call him Joe) was an engineer and talked all the time about technology, engineering and computers. Back in the late 70′s, early 80′s computers were mostly used for text editing, and not much more. Mainframe computers were the most used and most common. Word processors started to exist and were really the cat’s meow for a lot of people. Joe’s dreams as an Engineer were of desiging the ultimate computer. The ultimate computer would do everything for you in your day to day life. Ha ! Everyone was skeptical. My ownly knowledge of computers in those days was the Basic / Cobol / Fortran programming that I had done for university studies. I wasn’t a PC person, although I was pretty good on the word processors.

So I decided to buy Joe a computer of his own….a PC. In those days, the Apple Computer was the thing! I thought, let’s see what he will do with this and maybe I’ll learn something from him. He designed a prototype program for something related to his job. The program was written in Basic and demonstrate his engineering projects for and to the company.

Needless to say, Joe became an instant superstar in the company and it gave him an immediate boost to his career. I learned that computers can do much more than what I already knew back then but I needed to take many more seminars, workshops and courses….which I did.

Before I purchased my new Mac, I thought I was pretty savvy with PC’s. I know how to program databases, convert files from applications into readable files and reports, mostly in financial and accounting software. I designed several accounting and cost recovery systems, put them in place, tweaked them, and managed them. I’ve trained people on how to use many, many off the shelf software packages as well as customized packages. I have written various applications in Basic, dBase, Access applications.

Now, I have this Mac and it has been a tedious and sometimes painful task, to think and work differently. I get the feeling that it is supposed to be simpler, but sometimes, it is illogical. All I can say, I am still learning and at times my frustrations are taken out on my new boyfriend who is very patient with me.

December 14, 2008

EBook Store Ideas

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 8:23 pm

From an Ezine, I found an article about running an Ebook store. I think if I write some stories, this might be useful:

EBookstore script is a programming platform to run your own ebook store. And there are many free solutions available to get you started. In this article you will learn how to use an ebookstore script to start your ebook business.

Web Hosting

To let your ebook store script run smoothly, you have to consider the infrastructure to support the script. Many ebook shop scripts such as those based on oscommerce or zen-cart require MySQL databases and PHP support. Be sure to check whether your hosting supports the script. I will recommend ezwayhost and builthost to ensure the ebook shop script to run.

Domain Name

Next you will have to consider the domain name to brand your ebook shop business. It may take you some time to figure out a perfect name to represent your ebookstore. Use the bulk name searches from GoDaddy to generate ideas. They are also an ideal company to buy names from, and in fact I have been a long-time customer of GoDaddy.

Setup Your EBookStore

Now it is the time to install your ebook store script, and also load up your ebooks and software for sale. Be sure to check the rights for each product to ensure that you have the right to sell them. You should also consider selling your own ebooks in order to separate yourself from the competition. There are a lot to cover in this stage. You may also wish to outsource some of the work such as the design.

Recommendation

Have you got anything to sell yet? There is a free resale package from the ebook shop at EBook-Bargains, which includes over 50 resale rights titles. There are also an installation service and a turnkey ebook business for you to jump-start almost instantly. Click here to access the resources at EBook-Bargains now.k

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ken_Law

November 29, 2008

Ebooks and Resell Rights

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 7:29 pm
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I had mis-placed this post which was entered in April 2008 of my blog….but never published. I wanted to keep this for my records.

It came up again and I had to make sure that I read and saved this…..it is a “to do” and “to read” article which I need to absorb.

The first step to getting started is to find ebooks with resell rights. This may have been hard a few years ago, but this industry has developed quite a bit as of late. You should be able to find plenty of these ebooks for sale. But remember, not all ebooks are created equally. If you are expecting to turn this home based business into a money making machine, you will need to offer ebooks that people want to read; and of course, ones that they would not mind reselling either.

There are many ways that you can run this type of home based business. Your best bet is to set up a website where you feature all of your ebooks. This can be done in no time at all, and the better your sites design the more chance you will have of success. To really give yourself a good chance of high sales, make sure that you have hundreds of ebooks with master resell rights. After all, the more options that you have for people the more likely they are to make a purchase. If you can position yourself as one of the largest ebook sites, with quality material for sale, you will be well ahead of the competition.

So, where do I find these books? I guess I have to go and do more research. But I think it is a viable option.

I was supposed to attend a StoresOnline presentation this even which I bombed out of. It promised a free organizer, free agenda, free dinner all for 90 minutes of sitting and listening to what they had to say. I really wanted to go but when I received the invitation, I decided to look up the entire affair only to find out that many had been disappointed, many had been cheated, and many didn’t have anything to show for their investments in the end as they were not sure what they were supposed to do. The product, not sure. I think it was setup of several websites. If you don’t have a business, how can you have a website? Sounds like the cart before the horse.

Internet Monetization

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 6:48 pm
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Internet Asset: Monetization Idea

Visitors to our web pages: convert into paying customers

Web sites: Increase conversion rate; add additional streams of income like affiliate links and Adsense revenue

Landing pages: convert traffic into subscribers for future monetization; offer confirmation page sales letter

Referral links: Actively promote them

Ebooks: Begin promoting them; sell them or give them away to create value

Information we know: Create an information product–an ebook, audio, or video presentation

THE ABOVE ARE NOTES TAKEN FROM ANOTHER SITE…..MEANT ONLY AS NOTES, THE CONTENT IN ITSELF IS INCOMPLETE AS A BLOG ENTRY.

November 20, 2008

Search Engine Optimization to get to the Top

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 10:29 pm
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I found this site from Wordtracker which has a lot of information and it can be referenced often when in search of such information.

http://www.wordtracker.com/academy/search-engine-optimization

I haven’t found out much more to improve the probability of getting a website or blog to the first page.  I know that keywords are working as I have used keywords in the main title, the first line, repeatedly in the text and I have tried to select keywords that are typically searched on.  This can be checked using the free Wordtracker tool.  Once you enter your keyword, the tool will return a list of other similar keywords and the number of times that the keyword is searched on a monthly (usually) basis.  This will help you to choose “good” keywords and such tools can be very helpful.

November 8, 2008

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Filed under: Web Work — gettothepoint @ 6:10 pm
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process involving good keywords (supply vs demand), keyword density, linking, blogging, writing articles, including audio and video, and tagging (ALT and Meta) and much more.  It is the “much more” that is hard to absorb and apply.  Most important, however, is writing good/interesting content in your own style, and in your own words.  It doesn’t matter that much if you are a good writer because readers like to read things in different styles and if your style is unique, more power to you.

Now that I have thrown myself back into the process of web work with my partner, the challenge is to boost our ratings by improving the SEO process.

When I developed a couple of sites before, I learned that search engine optimization requires the use of keywords in the first 80 characters of text.  These keywords need to be repeated at least 5-6 more times in the text and the text should not be too lengthy.  Each new page or entry should have the keywords specified and the title, the description, any media input, etc. should make use of the keywords.  Keyword density is especially important in the first sentence of the text.  Google has a site describing how they use keyword density in their search engine:  http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/keyworddensity.shtml

Now this is what I had learned previously, however, I did not succeed in bringing the website up to the top in ratings.  After many months of consistent new entries, using thought process, many of the pages did not make the top ratings.  However, what did make the top, was the blog from the site.  It seems that search engines like blogs.

Links are another very important factor in search engine optimization.  The more links you have, the more likely it is that the search engines will find you.  However, you need “quality” links and lots of them.  Google has a site where you can read how they themselves, have set their ranking structure:  http://www.google.com/technology/.

Write articles for your blog.  This may take some commitment but it helps to improve your page ranking if you do this on a somewhat regular basis.  When you publish an article, it is put into a database which can  link to your site.  The search engines will find the new links easily and therefore make your site more relevant on searches.

This is a snapshot of the process.  Now to put it into practice and track the results.

October 31, 2008

Finally Started Something

Filed under: Uncategorized — gettothepoint @ 10:10 pm

With the help of my new partner, I have been kick-started.  I have my own website www.panamalady.com which has allowed me to get some thoughts together and write about something.  It’s a start.

Two other fun websites were also started by my partner to help me out.  Using WordPress, we have set up www.beaverhunter.tv and www.jobhelp.tv.  These are sites which self-update using video inserts.

It’s Halloween and I’ve been a little distracted from working in a focused manner.  Tonight, we will be visiting several of the local hangouts that are hosting parties for the occasion.  It should be fun.  We will take pictures and write for tomorrow’s blog.  Also, the last week, we went to take care of some legal and business matters in the big city so I’ve not added much to the three above-mentioned sites.  I am trying to keep on top of Panama Lady because it is my own site and it needs daily attention (or at least regular attention).

Other sites that we will work on include “Chow Trek” and “Road Feasts” and “Latin Newsbriefs”….the latter is my partner’s ingenious idea and he has one for every South American country ! It’s a brilliant idea.  I have to keep up with him…not bloody likely.

October 5, 2008

Big changes…..Kick Start that Brain

Filed under: Uncategorized — gettothepoint @ 1:54 am

Well it’s been a while and a lot has happened. Husband wanted a divorce and announced it to me on June 21st.  Of course he lied through his teeth about why he wanted the divorce.  He said he never betrayed me but he did at least this time, and who knows how many times before that.  He started to see a Panamanian girl who is 14 years younger than he is while he was still married.  Of course, why isn’t that surprising?  He wanted to trade in for a new model.  Anyhow, it’s over, and the paperwork should be coming through any day.  That was quick wasn’t it?  But he has always been pushy and controlling in order to get what he wants.

So my brain has been a little numb the last few months.

I recently spoke with a very good friend who is probably way ahead of me in terms of how to go about this, but this is my journey.  My good friend was trying to get me going / thinking again.  I am still not able to clearly define what I like, what I want, or what I feel…..but going back to where I started here should probably be an indication.

I asked one of my my best and oldest friends to describe what she thought my strengths were (from her perspective).  It certainly has been an eye opener and most of it is very true actually.

So, I’ve not only moved out of the marriage, but I’ve moved 3 or 4 times out of house and home since June 25th.  I think I am now settled for at least 6 months in a rental house.  I don’t know where I will go after 6 months.  Maybe I will stay here.  Maybe I will move on.  It all depends on how I find myself.

So this is the beginning of another life….and another career possibly.

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